A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

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Storyline

Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She's fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". But it's hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget!

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10 April 1959 (USA)  »

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April entdeckt die Männer  »

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Trivia

The producer wanted Elvis Presley to play the leading male role but the studio declined because Presley was at the time too expensive. See more »

Goofs

When about to go snorkeling, Gidget's hair goes from being in a braid, to being down and wavy, to being in a ponytail. See more »

Quotes

Little girl at the beach: [Gidget's friends throw a beach ball at the surfers to get their attention. Moondoggie sends the little girl over to them with the beach ball and a message] The man said for me to take the toy back to the nursery!
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Gidget
Lyrics by Patti Washington
Music by Fred Karger
Sung by The Four Preps over the opening credits and by James Darren (uncredited) on screen
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Gidget is about a fun loving girl who gets involved with a group of surfers and has the summer of her life!
2 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have loved this movie ever since the first time I saw it years ago when I was a preteen. Although it is an old movie, it is still quite enjoyable. It was made in 1959 so of course it lacks the newer features which todays movies emit. However, I think the simple, sweet story of first love is a nice escape from the harsh realities of todays world. I always choose movies that provide something I cannot find in real life. I prefer escaping the norm. If I want to see sex and violence all I have to do is watch the news.

Gidget takes us all back to a simpler time and place where we can relive the memories of our youth or imagine how it might have been. I not only own the video but I also watch it on television whenever it airs. Having just finished watching again, I have to say that the idea that BL was a lesbian never entered my mind. They speak about how she has it made cause she wears her boyfriends pin. I always took that to mean that she was involved in a relationship with a guy who just happened to be away at college or working a lot. Just cause someone has short hair doesn't make them a lesbian in my mind and I think the person who made that comment was way off base and didn't really follow the conversations of the movie closely.

I love all of the Gidget movies, however to me Sandra Dee will always be the ultimate Gidget and I am sad that we have lost her recently.


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